In Remembrance

Damie Richardson
November 1, 1964-March 5, 2021


Damie Richardson left this earthly realm on March 5, 2021 after a long battle with congestive heart failure. She was 56 years old.

It would be wrong to say that Damie lost her battle because she never stopped fighting. No matter how sick she was, she was always determined. When anyone else would have broken, Damie stayed strong. Through her, we know what resilience and perseverance truly look like. There was no quit in Damie. Just because she is no longer here, it doesn’t mean she lost her fight.

Damie is survived by her husband James Richardson and her children Taelour, Leah, James Jr., Shelby and Donald. She has also loved many grandchildren, Lyrik, Kingston, Victoria, Landyn, Lincoln, and Piper.

They invite you to join them for a memorial service at Brock Baptist Church on Thursday at 1:00 pm, followed by a reception at Brock Community Center. All are welcome, COME AS YOU ARE.

Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel

Grady Arthur Cunningham Jr.
December 19, 1962-February 28, 2021


Grady Arthur Cunningham Jr., of Port Aransas, TX, passed away unexpectedly early Sunday, February 28, 2021 of a heart attack at the age of 58.

Grady was born December 19, 1962, in San Antonio, TX. He graduated from Greenville High School in 1980 and joined the Air Force. Grady found and married the love of his life, Frankie, and eventually retired from the FAA in 2019. He and Frankie enjoyed traveling across the US, and along the way he discovered an abounding love for the beach lifestyle in Port Aransas. Grady was happiest living his life with his toes in the water and a drink in his hand.

He was preceded in death by his parents Grady A. Cunningham and Phyllis S. Kmetyk Cunningham.

He is survived by his wife, Frankie L. Cunningham; son Bradley J. Cunningham and his wife Shannon and her son Kyler Bullard; son Zachary A. Cunningham; sister Cindy and husband Robert F. Watson; nephews Derek and Cory Watson; niece Courtney Wille and her sons Christopher and Kyle Wille; stepdaughter Catie and husband Jonathan Waldman; stepson Tyler Massey; aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and the list goes on.

Grady lit up a room whenever he entered, and his shenanigans were legendary. He loved big, lived bigger, and loved everyone in true Grady style.

A memorial service will be held on March 20 at 1 pm at Cross Timbers Church, 1119 US-377 Argyle, TX 76226. COVID precautions will be in place.

Because of his love for animals, in lieu of flowers, Grady has requested memorial contributions to Second Chance Farm, www.scftx.org/donate; P.O. Box 1085 Granbury, TX 76048.

Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel
 

James Stuart Barfield
February 23, 1948 - February 25, 2021


James Stuart Barfield was born on February 23, 1948. He went to High School in New Jersey and he attended Glassboro State University, where he played football as an offensive lineman. He graduated with a BA in History and a minor in English. During his younger years, Jim was a part-time Disc Jockey and loved to recite trivia concerning many recording artists.

Jim was born to be a pilot. He loved everything about flying and he joined the USAF in September 1970 and attended Officer Training School in San Antonio, TX and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant in December 1970. As an Air Force Officer, Jim attended Helicopter Flight Training with the United States Army Aviation School at Fort Wolters, Tx and earned his USAF pilot wings at Fort Rucker, AL in September 1971. Jim would go on to fly the USAF CH-3E at Shaw AFB and Osan AB, Korea. Jim was also selected for an Exchange Officer assignment with the Canadian Air Force, where he taught helicopter flight training in the Jet Ranger. Jim went from that assignment to Webb AFB, TX where he attended the Fixed-Wing Qualification Course and graduated with an assignment to fly the F-4E. At last Jim had earned his way to become a fighter pilot in the USAF. He had several assignments with the F-4E in Spain and also flew the F-16C at Shaw AFB, SC. Jim’s flying and expertise with the F-16C brought him to his final assignment as the USAF Chief Pilot for inspecting F-16Cs as they came out of the Lockheed Factory in Fort Worth, TX.

Jim retired from the USAF in December 1990 as a Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years of distinctive service. Jim immediately started a second flying career as a pilot for UPS and flew the Boeing 747 world-wide until retiring from that company in 2013. Jim has been a resident of Weatherford, TX since 1988. Jim and his family would move to several different houses in Weatherford but his passion in life was his beloved lake house. He loved to entertain friends and family at all times of the year. Jim was a great fighter pilot and a man of integrity. Jim came to know his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ near the end of his life and he was baptized in the lake in front of his beautiful lake house.

Jim is predeceased by his Mom, Mattie Bishoff and is survived by his sisters, Laurie Jann and Robin Smith as well as his Daughter, Kathy Dunham and her husband, Dan and Jim’s Grandson, Weston. He is also survived by his Son, David and his wife, Keri and Jim’s Grandchildren, Colin, Sydney, and Logan. He is also survived by his Guardian Angel- Nancy Thurmon.

A memorial service will be held at 1 pm, Saturday, March 20, in the Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel. If you do choose to attend please keep in mind the CDC recommendations, wear a mask, and practice social distancing. 

 

Frederic A Martinez
November 23, 1947 - January 8, 2021

 

Frederic Anthony 'Tony' Martinez died suddenly at home January 8, 2021. Tony was born November 23, 1947 in Cimarron, New Mexico. He is preceded in death by his parents Frederic Henry Martinez and Mary Donila Esquibel Martinez. Tony is survived by his wife of 39 years, Vicki Martinez, with whom his beloved fur babies, Chief, Luke and Zorro reside in Willow Park, TX. Also survived by his siblings, Mary Helen Martinez of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Theresa (Richard) Sanchez of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Narciso (Dorothy) Martinez of Monroe, Washington; Sylvia (Anthony) Gomez of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Gloria Jean Martinez of Las Vegas, Nevada. Tony was blessed with 7 nieces and nephews and many great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Tony was a 1965 graduate of Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque, NM, graduating with honors. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1965 where he served on the USS Ranger and USS America, traveling around the world to many ports of call. After his first enlistment, he left the Navy and resided in Oak Harbor, WA, where he worked at Oscar's Union Station and the AutoParts Store. Tony rejoined the Navy in 1978, where he served as a flight engineer, working on P-3's and other fixed wing aircraft. He traveled to many countries, including, Central and South America, Japan, Korea and Australia. Having mentored many sailors over the years, he retired from the Navy in 2004 as Senior Chief Petty Officer after 33 years of faithful service. After retiring from the Navy, he owned and operated Tony's Pool Service, serving the Parker and Tarrant County areas. After 8 years of pool service, Tony officially retired to his home in Willow Park, TX in 2012.
Tony had a passion for fast cars. He participated in circle track and drag racing for many years. Throughout his life, he had owned several Mustangs and Corvettes as his 'sunny day' drivers. In the end, his ultimate pride and joy would be his Porsche 911.

A memorial service will be held at the Galbreath-Pickard Hilltop Chapel in Willow Park at 1 pm on March 19, 2021.

Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel 

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